This year's Remnants annual dinner was held on the evening of Friday, November 16, at the St John's Chop House (across the road from the Punter, where we had our pre-dinner drinks). There was a superb turn-out of 25 Remnants (and partners) and the venue was nice and cosy as well.
The formalities were, as ever, presided over by Geoff Hales, once again the obvious star of the show in his Remnants blazer. First order of business was the quiz:
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Andy Owen and John Young
Nick Clarke, 'keeping for the County Council
From our cricket correspondent . . .
Richard Rex wrote that about John Richer.
Jeff Beaumont wrote that about Geoff Hales.
Despite two points being available for every question, the highest score was just 27/44 - this was achieved by Dave Green (with help from Dave Norman and Andy Owen), who was hence presented with two small bottles of wine that appeared to have been purloined from an international flight.
Geoff then moved on present the Champagne Moment Award. Candidates included Dave Norman (for averaging 167.00 with the bat and for preparing such good pitches in awful conditions) and John Richer (for his above-mentioned 96), but in the end it was Dave Green who got the nod for his spell of 2/8 against Hockerill College. Dave thus got still more alcohol . . .
. . . which is far preferable to the award of pickled eggs which, with Les called away at the last minute, went to Rob Harvey for his enthusiasm during the year. This theme was then picked up on by John Richer, who got rid of the horrid Watson Memorial Thing by also awarding it to Rob, in this case for having played the most games during the season (17), as well as having completed the most dismissals (8 catches and 3 stumpings).